Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs: A Drama in Two Acts

Samuel French, Inc., 1972 - 120 pages
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Set in a fictional East African country on the verge of revolution, the legacy of white colonialism is challenged by a growing movement for black liberation and independence. When Tshembe Matoseh, the English educated son of a chief, returns home to bury his father, he encounters vast changes in his family and country. His teenage brother is nearly an alcoholic and his older brother has become a priest and traitor to his people. At the same time Charlie, an American journalist, arrives to report on the local missionary hospital and its workers. Forswearing politics and wishing only to return to his wife and child in England, Tshembe is drawn into the conflict around him. When peaceful negotiations break down, and violence erupts, each brother is forced to choose where his loyalties lie.

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American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career. Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964. Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

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